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This symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University's Downtown Phoenix campus and the U.S. Department of Education, through its 17 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). The conference brings together educators, scholars, publishers, language policy makers, and leaders worldwide for individual papers, panels, round table discussions, interactive workshops, posters and technological tools showcases regarding Languages for Specific Purposes.
People interested in developing new understanding, ideas, and skills should consider attending. The conference addresses the scholarship, teaching or learning of any specific language (including English as a second/foreign language). Core symposium themes include research, pedagogical approaches, curriculum development, and the professional implementation of Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) initiatives.
Proposals and presentations should be in English. LSP proposals may address the scholarship, teaching and/or learning of any specific language (including English as a second/foreign language).
All proposals must include the following:
Name and title of the author/organizer, institutional affiliation, and contact information
Title of the proposed presentation
Abstract (300 words); program description (50 words)
Indicate any equipment needs for your presentation
Proposals for panels and round table discussions must also include:
Name, title, and institutional affiliation for each additional participant
Role or proposed topic to be covered by each additional participant (150 words)
Presentations may be made in a number of formats, as listed below. You must indicate the proposed format in your submission. The Conference Committee may negotiate the proposed delivery format with the speaker.
Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a panel of presentations on a related subject, with each presenter offering a perspective on the topic. Panels may include a chair/moderator, three or four presenters, and a discussant. Depending on the number of panelists, each presenter will be allotted 15-20 minutes to deliver his/her paper, allowing 15 minutes at the end of the panel for commentary by a discussant and/or questions.
Panel proposals must include information on all proposed participants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the panel.
Individual paper proposals provide an opportunity to present original contributions to the research, theory, and practice of LSP teaching and learning. Submissions should demonstrate an awareness of relevant literature, and clearly indicate the importance of the proposed topic to conference themes. Upon acceptance, individual papers will be organized into panels of three or four by subject.
Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a round table discussion on a topic related to symposium themes. Like panels, round table discussions are coordinated by an organizer/moderator, and offer different perspectives on the proposed topic. However, rather than focusing on the presentation of individual papers, presentation time for each discussant is limited to 5-7 minutes. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience.
In the best round tables, the speakers are aware of each other's work and views, and they refute or support those views in their own talks. There's real interchange, as well as the chance to go in-depth very quickly. They are time-efficient and encourage audience participation in the discussion.
Proposals for round table discussions must include information on all proposed discussants and must indicate that they have been contacted and agree to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the round table discussion.
Presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session is devoted to direct, hands-on participation by the attendees. Workshops are organized to address a theme, discussion is informal and interactive, and papers are not presented.